October 27, 2014 - 12:10 PM
Halloween festivities can pose some problems for our four-legged friends as well. The Regional District Dog Control program encourages owners to keep their pets indoors while trick or treater’s are out and about. There’ve already been a few instances of dogs being frightened by exploding fireworks, running out into streets where they could be accidentally injured by passing motorists.
Dogs should also wear their license tag on their collars or harness, just in case they make a break when doors are opened to hand out goodies. A dog license will help get your pet back should it unexpectedly get away.
The BC SPCA suggests you might want to keep your dog in a quiet room away from all the activities, or to turn on background music, radio or TV to counteract any outside sounds, knocks at the door or doorbell ringing. It offers several other helpful tips for dog owners to prevent Halloween frights with their pets.
And please remember to keep candy, chocolate and wrappers out of the range of your pets. The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association has excellent resources available for a wide range of dog behaviours and conditions including considerations for Halloween.
Dog owners are reminded that all dogs over the age of three months in the Central Okanagan are required to be licensed. Dogs without a valid 2014 license will be subject to a fine of $300.
Licenses may be purchased online at the Regional District website, at any local government office, North Westside Fire Rescue main hall, the Kelowna Branch of the SPCA and the Regional Dog Pound, 890 Weddell Place in Kelowna.
Residents of the Central Okanagan are reminded that across the region, fireworks are not allowed to be sold or set off, unless authorized by local fire departments.
Penalties vary depending on the local jurisdiction, but there’s also the safety hazard and potential for serious burns or injury posed by exploding fireworks.
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